Initial results in Californian roof-top solar play

First Solar, Inc. says it has completed a 2 MW PV installation for SCE which is installed on the rooftop of a commercial building in Fontana, California.

This is the first project in SCE's announced plan to install 250 MW of solar generating capacity on large commercial rooftops throughout Southern California over the next five years.

The distribution warehouse roof selected as the first installation site has been fitted with 33,700 thin-film solar panels making it the largest single rooftop solar PV array in California. First Solar engineered the rooftop system, manufactured the solar modules and supplied the balance-of-system equipment for this SCE landmark project.

Under a formal bid process, SCE has also announced the selection of First Solar for the second project of its 250 MW rooftop initiative, a 1 MW project installed on a commercial building in Chino owned by the Multi-Employer Property Trust.

The programme is expected to see some 150 solar installations developed across the state, covering up to two square miles of area.

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